What's New: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid has undergone a complete redesign that results in new styling, improved fuel efficiency and more horsepower. If you're interested in a new hybrid car, then the new Civic fuel-sipper may make sense for you. Keep reading to learn about the updated specs, features and pricing for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid.
New Styling: 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
Exterior changes to the Civic Hybrid sedan are subtle, but obvious. Most noticeably, is the sleeker, lower-to-the-ground appearance of the vehicle. This is achieved courtesy of a more aggressively styled windshield and minor upgrades to the front fender. The new sedan's grille also succeeds in boosting the upscale appeal of the vehicle.
Inside, the new Civic Hybrid looks pretty similar to the outgoing model. However, interior space has increased a bit in an effort to provide additional passenger comfort. All in all, reviewers are saying that the new design is an incremental step above last year's model. However, increased competition among the small car class may no longer make the Civic Hybrid a stand out for some car shoppers.
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New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Performance
The big news for hybrid shoppers is a boost in fuel efficiency for the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid. The EPA estimates an impressive 44 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the outgoing model delivers 40 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
Under the hood, the Civic Hybrid receives a larger 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Add in a bolstered electric motor, and the 2012 model delivers a slight boost in performance over the 2011 model. Current specs for the gas-friendly Civic sedan come in at 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft. of torque. While these figures don't exactly deliver a spirited ride, the Civic Hybrid is focused on saving mileage - a goal it manages without being overly sluggish.
New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Safety
For 2012, Honda has made stability control standard for the Civic Hybrid. Returning standard features include anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid has yet to be tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. However, last year's Civic Hybrid received an unimpressive three out of five stars from the NHTSA.
New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Pricing
The Civic Hybrid receives an incremental price increase to deliver a $24,050 base MSRP (a $100 increase over last year). For that price, you'll get automatic headlights, power accessories, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, low-rolling resistance tires, side-mirror turn signals, LED taillights, Bluetooth and a six-speaker stereo system. Optional features include leather seats, heated front seats, navigation with voice control and satellite radio.
Overall, the Civic Hybrid may be viewed as a bit expensive for those shopping for a fuel-efficient vehicle. However, the model delivers a fairly good value for those specifically looking for a hybrid car. Other models worth comparing against the Civic Hybrid include the 2011 Toyota Prius and new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
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